Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rosalie Triolo (Day); Alexis Watson (Off-campus)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF4865).


This unit builds on EDF4865 History education in the secondary years A and continues to develop pre-service teachers' understandings and skills with regard to the teaching and learning of history as either a stand-alone discipline or an identifiable and rigorous component of integrated programs in either Australian or overseas schools or wider educational settings. The unit continues to be practice-based, research-informed and resource-rich.
The unit embraces diverse histories, perspectives, pedagogies and technologies, and prepares pre-service teachers to tailor history education experiences to meet their students' different learning, career, leisure and life needs. It explores advanced teaching, learning and assessment strategies with emphases on 'viewing', 'listening to' and 'visiting' sources of the past, important history education resource providers at state/territory, national and international levels, studies of Asia, Indigenous and sustainability imperatives, religious studies and their connections with history education, unit planning and delivery. The unit will also examinte the Victorian Certificate of Education histories and/or Australian Curriculum, history 'senior years' documents, securing employment as history/humanities school teachers or educators in non-school history education settings, history disciplinary or education professional communities that advocate and work for high quality history education experiences for students as well as educators and strategies for responding effectively to curriculum priorities and developments as they arise.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. develop their learners' study, career, leisure and life skills through the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours associated specifically with the study of history
  2. locate, create, use and evaluate history education resources in diverse forms incorporating diverse perspectives
  3. articulate the research underpinnings of pedagogical models common to history education and enact effectively such models in diverse learning settings
  4. cater to learners' different needs through inclusive strategies and engaging and diverse teaching, learning and assessment activities
  5. develop learners' abilities to demonstrate problem-solving capabilities in a variety of ways, including creatively and collaboratively
  6. facilitate learners' identification of links, similarities and differences between the past and the present and between the experiences of different cultures in different locations
  7. develop learners' empathy, values, attitudes and behaviours consistent with informed and positive local and global citizenship.


Fieldwork in history education settings (e.g. museums and galleries) may be arranged by negotiation with students.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

History resource guide (2000 words, 50%)
History unit outline (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2.5 hour workshop per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


EDF4865 or EDF4118